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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler, left, newly named head coach Derek Fisher, center, and two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker pose for a photo during a news conference in Los Angeles. The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 03, 2019 - 2:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said on ESPN on Thursday “we...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo,Baseball fans stand among empty seats during the singing of the national anthem before a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers in Miami. Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records. The 30 teams averaged 28,339, according to the commissioner's office, down from 28,830 last year _ the first time the average was below 30,000 since 2003. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 03, 2019 - 1:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline, and five of the six biggest drops were by teams with losing records. Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit combined for more than 1.8 million fewer tickets, and a 259-388 won-...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft leaves his seat during an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, in New York. A judge made several errors when he threw out video evidence allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft twice paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor, prosecutors argued in a court document, keeping alive their case against one of the NFL’s most prominent personalities. The state attorney general’s office filed its argument with the Fourth District Court of Appeal late Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, just before a deadline that likely would have meant the dismissal of Kraft’s second-degree misdemeanor charge. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
October 02, 2019 - 2:19 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge made several errors when he threw out video evidence allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft twice paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor, prosecutors argued in a court document, keeping alive their case against one of the NFL’s most...
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Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 5:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon salutes a fan from the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 12:28 pm
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until Maddon's time in Chicago...
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September 25, 2019 - 5:37 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Theo Epstein says he has no plans of returning to the Boston Red Sox. Speculation in Boston has centered on Epstein possibly replacing Dave Dombrowski, who was fired Sept. 8 as the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox. Epstein is finishing his eighth season as the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, the Detroit Red Wings play an NHL preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Red Wings are desperately trying to keep fans filing into Little Caesars Arena while the allure of the relatively new facility wears off while the team goes through a painful rebuild. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 24, 2019 - 2:42 am
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in a spacious area perched near the...
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FILE - In this May 21, 1980 file photo, Barron Hilton, head of the Hilton Hotel chain, is shown in Chicago. Hilton, a hotel magnate who expanded his father's chain and became a founding owner in the American Football League, has died. Hilton's family says he died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, of natural causes at age 91 in his Long Angeles home. He transformed Hilton into the industry's top brand during his 30 years as its chief executive. (AP Photo/Charles E. Knoblock, File)
September 21, 2019 - 4:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barron Hilton, a hotel magnate who expanded his father's chain and became a founding owner in the American Football League, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. He was 91. Hilton's family said he died of natural causes. He transformed Hilton into the industry's top brand during...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly speaks to members of the media before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, in Miami. The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, and might even be the worst team in Miami. On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins might win. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
September 19, 2019 - 9:55 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has agreed to a contract extension and will return for a fifth season in 2020, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins hadn't...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Miami Dolphins' Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati. A person familiar with the negotiations says Fitzpatrick has been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020. The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, night because the teams had not confirmed it. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
September 16, 2019 - 10:30 pm
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish and was traded Monday night to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020, two people familiar with the negotiations said. The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of...
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